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It's already the third weekend in February, its still winter in Chicago and the weather has been mild when compared to previous winters (anything above 32, even with some light snow, is mild for us) so there's no reason to be in hibernation this winter!  With that said, here's what's in store for you this weekend.

This February is a great time to visit some of Chicago's museums' new exhibits, especially since a few of these only run for a limited time -

Deep Space Adventure at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum (1300 S. Lake Shore Drive) in the Grant Park Museums neighborhood.  At this exhibit you'll be able to explore the recently revamped Grainger Sky Theater, which has been fashioned as an observation deck of a futuristic starship for your ultimate journey into deep space.  During a 22-minute show written by science fiction author Nick Sagan, son of famous astronomer Carl Sagan, and narrated by actor Billy Crudup, you'll be taken on an adventure based on real science and featuring stunning visualizations of the formation of our Universe as well as the collision of two galaxies, a supernova explosion and even a super massive black hole.  Beam me up Scottie!

The Field Museum located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive also has some new exciting exhibits for you to checkout:

Opening the Vaults:  Mummies -- runs daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through April 22nd.  Come and view the mummified remains of over 20 humans and animals from Egypt and Peru, which include whole bodies and skulls and includes one of the oldest mummies in the world!

Natural Wonders:  A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel - runs daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through April 22nd.  Discovered in Lod, Israel, this exhibit featuring a 2,000-year-old Roman floor mosaic, measuring more than 300 square feet, depicts exotic animals, a profusion of fish and fleets of Mediterranean ships.  Uncover the hidden stories told here!

The Romance of Ants - runs daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through September 30th.  Thought you knew everything there is to know about large colonies of worker ants?  Well see for yourself.  Come learn new facts, from the strange to the scientific, at this exhibit.  Also on display is assistant curator of zoology Corrie Moreau's lifelong fascination with insects depicted in photographs and comic-book style illustrations!

And now for your Saturday evening entertainment, in honor of Mardi Gras, there's -

Beadquest 4 kicking off 1:30 p.m. at Murphy's Bleachers (3655 N. Sheffield Avenue) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.  It's that time again to collect sets of beads at this 4th annual bar crawl, which includes t-shirts for registrants, $3 Miller Lites, your shot at Cubs tickets and other raffle prizes if you collect all the beads!

Brazilian Mardi Gras kicking off 10:00 p.m. at the Logan Square Auditorium (2539 N. Kedzie Avenue) in the Logan Square neighborhood.  Don a colorful costume for this annual party which features costumed dancers from the Samba1BrazilianDanceGroup as well as live music provided by Chicago Samba.  Also included are two costume parades and samba dance lessons!

Mardi Gras at Shanahan's kicks-off 8:30 p.m. at Shanahan's Creole Restaurant and Bar (7353 Madison Street) in Forest Park, a west suburban Chicago neighbor.  This party includes authentic Creole food (yum!), face painting and live music by "Into the Real!"

Rheinischer Mardi Gras Society Masquerade Ball kicks-off 6:11 p.m. (not a typo) at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Road) in Rosemont.  This German-style party includes German chorus line dancers, live music by "Phenix," the "Alpen Echo" band and a 25-piece drum and bugle corps as well as prizes for best costumes!  There's Free Parking too!!



Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 3:02 PM by Dean's Team


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